A talk by Emeritus Professor Norman Maclean. This talk will explore the life of Charles Darwin as an explorer, naturalist, and family man, who went on to change the ways in which people think of themselves and the world in which they live. It will outline his boyhood and early education, his poor performance trying to do medicine at Edinburgh University, his thoughts of training to be a country clergyman at Cambridge before his epic five year round-the-world trip on the Beagle and his subsequent long deliberation before publishing his revolutionary findings. Norman Maclean is an emeritus Professor of Genetics at Southampton University. His latest books are “Silent Summer" and "A Less Green and Pleasant Land". 3.50 pm Members’ Meeting If you are a paid-up member of Dorset Humanists please come back after the refreshment break for a short members’ meeting to sign off our 2017 accounts and also to have your say about this year’s Winter Appeal.